Easy Lemon Braised Leeks Recipe

How to cook leeks with olive oil, stock and lemon in under 25 minutes. Jump to the Easy Lemon Braised Leeks Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Easy Lemon Braised Leeks Recipe

We’re technically braising the leeks in this recipe. This just means that instead of using lots of fat or high heat to cook them, we use stock to stew them slowly in a pot covered by a lid. This makes the leeks tender and creates the most delicious broth on the bottom of the pot.

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Before cooking with leeks, you will need to clean them. Since they are grown in sandy soil, the bottom of the leeks will usually have some dirt attached. It’s easy to clean them — take a look at our tutorial for cleaning leeks.

Recipe updated, originally posted August 2009. Since posting this in 2009, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Lemon Braised Leeks Recipe

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Instead of using lots of fat or high heat to cook the leeks, we use stock to stew them slowly in a pot covered by a lid. This makes the leeks tender and creates the most delicious broth on the bottom of the pot.

Makes 4 servings

You Will Need

4 large leeks, white and light green parts, cleaned of all sand

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup chicken or vegetable stock, see our chicken stock recipe

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Directions

    In a pot with lid, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.

    Add the stock, lemon zest, a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Bring to a simmer then turn heat down and cook, covered, at a low simmer, until tender, about 10 minutes.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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4 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Lynette December 3, 2013, 9:38 am

    I tried this recipe last night with lemon pepper chicken breasts. The leeks tasted great and were so easy to make.

    Thank youi!

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    • Joanne December 3, 2013, 12:24 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!

      Reply
  • Joanne August 20, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I am so glad you liked it and am so happy you posted you thoughts! You have written our very first comment!!!

    Reply
  • Aunty Anne August 20, 2009, 2:11 pm

    Had the Lemon Braised Leeks tonight with some gammon, roast potatoes and mushrooms. They looked just like the picture and tasted great. Thanks.

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